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Woman awarded $10K in lawsuit over forced Windows 10 upgrade

Woman awarded $10K in lawsuit over forced Windows 10 upgrade
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It's no secret that Microsoft wants users to upgrade to Windows 10. In anticipation of the big Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer, the company has made some questionable marketing decisions to push users in the right direction.

First, Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 upgrade would only be free until July 29 - after that, it would cost $119. (Click here for more details on the deadline and fee.) Then, the company made the Windows 10 upgrade a "Recommended Update" for older versions of Windows. This change meant that your system would update to Windows 10 automatically, unless you stopped it. If you don't want this automatic update, click here for instructions on how to stop it.

Now, it seems that Microsoft's big upgrade push may have officially crossed the line. A California woman has been awarded $10,000 from Microsoft for an unauthorized upgrade to Windows 10. Teri Goldstein won the judgement after taking the tech giant to small claims court earlier this year, saying Windows 10 crippled her work computer.

Next page: Keep reading to see what made Goldstein's case different.
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